Mexico City. The fifth anniversary of Enrique Graue at the head of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) comes when, according to official data, 20 percent of the students face the risk of dropping out of their studies as a result of the effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic , to which – indicate student organizations – the response of the university authorities has been insufficient.
According to official information, although seven out of every 10 students – that is, about 252 thousand of the more than 360 thousand students that the institution has – do not have Internet at home to take classes online, they have only 1,200 computers have been enabled for loan and 20,000 connected tablets have been made available to the community.
Student councilors, as well as representatives and organizations, such as the Central University Students, maintain that because of the pandemic
the right to education is at greater risk today than ever.
There have been students who have not been able to complete procedures to enroll in their courses or to graduate, which has led them to miss classes or job opportunities. In addition, many have had to leave their studies to work and support their families.
In his 2019-2020 work report, published this week, Rector Graue acknowledges that this year
has been particularly complex and challenging.
an extraordinary effort has been made to provide our students with scarce computer equipment and connectivity resources.
In addition to the acquisition of tablets and the authorization of computer centers,
connectivity scholarships will be awarded to our students. Likewise,
thousands of virtual classrooms and teaching capacities have been strengthened with training programs.
The constant stoppages of student work and protests demanding that gender violence be eradicated have also been a constant this year.
In November 2019 a wave of tomas of schools – some of which lasted for months and brought various academic effects to thousands of students who saw their academic careers or the completion of their studies delayed – led by female students, whose demand is that sexist violence be addressed, punished and eradicated .
Although recent structural changes and legislative reforms have been made to respond to the demands, such as the creation of an Equality Coordination or the implementation of Equality Commissions in different schools and colleges, one of the biggest problems facing the institution is that the students are still unaware of these changes and do not know how to report gender violence.
Graue points out in his work report that the demands of the students, in addition to being fair and urgent,
They are the specific expression of the regrettable lags that the country suffers in this matter and of what the UNAM urges to observe, attend to and resolve.
The rector adds that
We will continue to undertake projects framed in freedom, respect, tolerance and effort, through which our inalienable commitment to this cause is reaffirmed every day.
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